The start of a new year is a bit like starting a cold motor. There’s plenty to look forward to but it can be a bit hard to get that motor running.

In wishing everyone a very Happy New Year, my January newsletter draws attention to this month being Vocational Service Month. So it’s a great time to get the motor started on how we can make a difference in our communities and for communities all around the world by using our vocational skills.

In the newsletter I highlight an example of how Rotary has used vocational service to help international disaster relief, but of course we do have examples and opportunities that are much closer to home.

If I consider my own skills as a funeral director, an area I specialise in happens to be disaster response. This role sees me responding when requested, to mainly air crashes. Because of this I have turned my international work to assist Rotary and pass the proceeds from my overseas work to the Rotary Foundation.

For me it’s a matter of looking at how we can make our vocations relevant to Rotary.

So let’s start the year well and I trust that you will re-engage with your club early and begin with Vocational Service Month.

How about entering a team for this year's Jumbo Tennis and see what's happening with young people on the Healthy Heroes project.

Simon Manning
9940 District Governor’s Blog

Happy and fast-start to the new year

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